How to Craft a Festive DIY Cardboard Fireplace for Christmas

Are you longing for a cozy fireplace to decorate this Holiday season?

With a little creativity and some cardboard boxes, you can craft your very own DIY cardboard fireplace for Christmas that will add a warm and festive touch to your décor.

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DIY Christmas Decorations

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Easy holiday craft cardboard fireplace

1. Wrap the Cardboard with Marble

Start by taking a single sheet of cardboard and wrapping it in the marble paper.

DIY fake fireplace

Wrap it just like you would wrap a present.

Faux marble cardboard mantel

Take a large rectangular box and cover it with marble paper to create your mante.

Crafting a holiday-themed fireplace

2. Wrap the Cardboard with Brick

Now, grab two rectangular cardboard boxes and wrap them in the brick paper.

Wrap the box in faux brick paper

Make sure they are the same size for a uniform look.

Fireplace made out of cardboard boxes

Next, take a square piece of cardboard and wrap it in the brick paper.

Wrap a square piece of cardboard with brick paper

These pieces will form the base, sides, back, and mantel of your fireplace.

Assemble the DIY fake fireplace from cardboard

3. Assemble Your DIY Cardboard Fireplace

With all the wrapped pieces ready, assemble them to create the structure of your cardboard fireplace.

Decorating with cardboard and paper

It's like putting together a simple puzzle – base, sides, back, and mantel – and voila, your cardboard box fireplace is finished!

Now, we just have to decorate it!

Roll paper into a tube shape

4. Craft the Firewood Logs

What’s a fireplace without some rustic wood logs?

Use the craft paper with a wood grain texture, roll it into a circle, and tape the ends together.

Crafty mantel decoration

To make these logs more convincing, we need to cover the sides.

Cut out 2 cardboard circles.

Cardboard fireplace DIY

Glue a piece of wood paper on top of each.

Glue the round to the tube

Glue these wood rounds to the top and bottom of the paper tubes.

Repeat this process until you have three logs.

Cardboard fireplace and wood grain logs

5. Add the Logs and Lights

Place your crafted logs inside the fireplace. If they're a bit lightweight, use some Scotch tape to keep them in place.

Yule logs

Arrange some fairy lights or battery-operated lights inside the fireplace around the logs.

Set them to pulsate to mimic the look of real flames.

Crafting a festive cardboard mantelpiece

6. Final Decorations

To complete the festive look, add a few holiday decorations on top of your cardboard fireplace mantel.

Festive fireplace mantel decoration

You can get as creative as you'd like here. It's all about making it uniquely yours!

More DIY Christmas Decor

Why not make some of these pine cone Christmas trees to decorate your cardboard fireplace mantel?

How to make a cardboard fireplace

DIY Cardboard Fireplace For Christmas

And there you have it - your very own faux fireplace that will surely bring warmth and joy to your home during the holiday season.

Fireplace out of cardboard boxes

So, don't throw away those cardboard boxes just yet – turn them into a festive centerpiece for your home. Don’t forget to share how you added your own creative twist to the project in the comments below!

Sarah Vanderkooy
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  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Nov 08, 2023
    so Cute and not that it matters, but the approximate cost to make?
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